Empowering your options to preserve
fertility and postpone menopause
ProFaM offers the opportunity for women to store their own ovarian tissue. The first step is the surgical removal of a small portion of one of ovaries. This small amount of tissue is then processed in a specialised, high-tech facility to make tiny strips of only a few millimetres. These strips can be frozen (cryopreserved) for use later in life.
The strips, once thawed, even decades later, can provide eggs for fertility or for the natural production of necessary hormones to postpone the menopause. For more on how this is done, the implications and what this may mean for you please see our FAQ.
ProFaM was founded to enable women to preserve fertility and to provide the option to postpone naturally the menopause and its symptoms.
ProFaM has been established by world-leading authorities in fertility, laparoscopy and ovarian cryobiology, in partnership with the CARE Fertility group and the University of Birmingham through its Advanced Therapies Facility. It is licensed by the Human Tissue Authority (HTA), and operates to the highest of standards.
Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust will be working with ProFaM to offer ovarian tissue storage for children with cancer, before they receive cancer therapy that may permanently damage their ovaries and leave them infertile.
ProFaM is not for everyone, and not for those who are already in or close to the menopause. The reason is that when a woman reaches menopause, the ovaries are ceaseing to function and we will not have functioning ovarian tissues for storage.
As a general rule, ProFaM patients will be under 40 years of age. However, we accept that all personal circumstances vary and offering our ProFaM procedures will depend on certain tests and the outcome of a consultation. For more information please see our FAQ.
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A comprehensive consultation will be undertaken with one of our highly qualified consultants. At the consultation we conduct is full assessment of ovarian reserve, which includes scanning the ovary and a blood test. All your relevant details will be considered and necessary tests will be arranged. Following the consultation, you will be given an appointment to see a specialist nurse. Click to view ProFaM Consultation details.
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